gyjdnb, I would say that metal detectors at a park (when you are trying to get as many people through as quickly as possible), you will catch every firearm, amd about 1/3 of the knifes. Most of the knives are on keyrings, etc that the person doesn't even remember they had. I can't speak for more urban parks such as SFA though.
First, the shooting didn't happen inside the park. In fact, two news reports have said the shooting occured at a nearby intersection, a second news report said the shooting occured in the parking lot and this is the first I've actually seen a picture in the article included above that shows it occured in the parking lot.
Second, this is the first shooting at the park and for what's it's worth, another park in the VA,MD,PA area has had a shooting and stabbing in recent years.
Third, it sounds like a case of road rage more than anything else. Which is a common occurance just about any place else.
Fourth, I do live here and Prince George's County, MD isn't the only place in Maryland and for that matter country where violence is a problem.
I've been to this park many, many, many times over the years and never once saw anything more than one fight.
Looking it the articles, it sounds like there were two separate shooting incidents in Largo being described, one at an intersection with a girl being struck by a bullet and being treated, and one in the SFA parking lot with a guy being struck by broken glass and refusing treatment. Can any one verify this?
To my knowledge, there has never been a previous shooting at SFA. There have been fights, most notably Halloween 2003. Because of the security, the incidents in the park have not involved weapons.
"Why is this a surprise to anyone. I mean come on. Look at the area it's in. Prince George's County, Maryland. If you lived there you would know why this isn't a surprise. "
Now this is just a horrible misconception, do you live there? I have walked around towns at 2-3 in the morning. This is right after getting off the greyhound or amtrak and never have had any problems, or been scared.
Well let's remember the close proximity to Southeast D.C. which doesn't exactly have the best reputation either. I think trying to put all the blame on Prince Georges County is misguided. This is the kind of publicity the park just doesn't need as many people already have such a negative view of the park from a customer viewpoint.
I think the one gentelmans solution was incredibly dumb. He suggested that they should check every vehicle coming into the park, which is incredibly unrealistic. It would take hours just to get into the parking lot. They'd probably charge you another $2 for parking just to have the priviledge to do so.:)
As for the other park that had the shooting and has metal detectors, it was Paramount's King's Dominion after a rap concert.
Thank our wonderful, repulican govt for this and all the kickbacks they take from the NRA and the gun industry.
Semi automatic weapons are now legal in this country again. There is no legitmate reason whatsover that any citizen needs one of these weapons, except to commit mass murder.
In the fine state of Ohio where i live, it is now legal to carry a concealed weapon. Anywhere. So now businesses have signs posted that weapons are not permitted on their premises. They have to try to enforce their own laws now regarding weapons.
It's sad how much the gun industry makes of murdering people, and it's still not enough for them. Until every man, woman and child is armed with a fully automatic weapon. Then maybe they will be happy.
I'm a little torn on the issue, but I tend towards more gun control. Guns make it a little too easy to kill someone from far away. If you were to use a stick because guns weren't easily available, you'd have to get close and personal. You might get evidence all over you too.
I was walking out of the park with some friends when it was happening. The shooting was in the parking lot. We heard gun shots but were not sure what it really was. Once we got to our car we saw a big group of people standin around this car (looked like a chevy impala) and all of the windows were shot out ( which is how the guy got cut i believe) and we just stood there for a second in shock. We stayed for a minute and then decided to leave just incase something broke out again.